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Coachella 2015: A – Z

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Days remain until we hit Coachella!

Now in its 16th year, Coachella is one of North America’s most renowned music festivals. A widescreen creative assault that delves deep into all art forms, it truly has something to offer everyone.

Whether you’re heading out there or want to know more about Coachella we’ve put together a full A-Z including highlights from previous years, interesting facts and the acts we’re looking forward to the most this weekend!

Catch you in the desert…

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A

AC/DC x Axwell/Ingrosso

Very few festivals could bring such diverse musical acts and genres on the same line-up. Celebrating influential music from the 1970s right through to the future, everything from Something New to Back In Black will be blasting from the Indio Valley desert. And that’s just the start of the list that makes Coachella so awesome.

B

Beauty Bar

Sephora’s Beauty Bar is just one of the many extra-curricular amenities available to all festival goers. Campers can get their hair done each day for free…. So there are really no excuses for not looking good at this fest!

C

Carpoolchella

Coachella’s commitment to sustainability includes a really helpful carpooling system. Each year, cars with more than four people that display the word “Carpoolchella” may be selected to win VIP passes for life for everyone in the car! Naturally this has been taken up by festival fans who have turned it into a competitive full-blown art contest.

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D

Do-Over Desert Sundays

You’ll find this special party at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club. It’s one of the few parties that isn’t VIP only. Grab your RSVPs here

E

Empire Polo Club

The 78-acre site where Coachella has been held each year since Pearl Jam performed at the venue with 25,000 fans. This is what it looks like when there’s not a massive festival happening there…

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F

Fifty-thousand

The number of tickets sold for Coachella’s first sellout in 2004.

G

Goldenvoice

The makers of Coachella to which we owe this entire pleasure. To appease fans who aren’t able to score tickets, they put on a month-long roster of shows across LA featuring many of the same acts from Coachella, such as ODESZA, Ratatat and Cashmere Cat

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H&M Loves Coachella

A six-time sponsor of one of the biggest pre-Coachella poolside parties, H&M has taken their involvement as a sponsor one step further this year and even launched its first ever Coachella collection.

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 I

Indio Invasion

A party by Pandora and T-Mobile. Following last year’s bash which featured a set by Diplo, this year includes music by Questlove and SOSUPERSAM and is held at a private residence in Cathedral City. This is definitely an event we’ll be hitting up before heading to the festival grounds on Saturday.

J

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy tolled wannabe hipsters a few years ago with this awesome prank of made up bands…. Still funny two years later. We’re amped for Shorty Jizzle this year!

K

Kaskade

Kaskade is returning to Coachella for fourth time this year. To celebrate, he’s created a playlist  to give us some tunes to look forward to for the weekend. Currently at the top of the Billboard Top 140 with his new track Never Sleep Alone, he’s likely to be a very popular pick this year.

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Live Stream

Can’t make it or couldn’t get a ticket? Watch from the comfort of your own home! As with previous years, Coachella 2015 will be streamed live on YouTube. They’ll be streaming three channels of content with a number of cool interactive features.  Find out more.

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MK

If you’re looking for some authentic house music at Coachella this year then look no further than MK. Marc Kinchen was one of house music’s founding fathers and his creative use of the Korg M1 synth echoes throughout all current deep house anthems you hear today. He’s also one third of the house music supergroup Pleasure State with Anabel Englund and Lee Foss.

N

Nineteen Ninety Nine

The year Coachella first took place. Its headliners included Chemical Brothers and Rage Against The Machine.

O

ODESZA

One of the most anticipated acts for Coachella this year, bringing together the indie and electronic worlds together seamlessly. They are also one of the many big-name headliners for the LED Day Club parties being held over the two weekends.

 P

Porter Robinson

It’s been a while since we caught Porter Robinson at Coachella… His last appearance was 2012. With three years of globe smashing and the huge success of his album Worlds last year, he’s guaranteed to smash Coachella on a whole new level.

Q

Queues

It’s a massive festival; you’re bound to experience a few of these… And likely to make new festival friends while you do.

R

Rap

Thanks to acts such as Action Bronson and Azaelia Banks, rap is playing a major role in the line-up this year in many versatile forms. With many rappers making their Coachella debut this year, there’s going to be some really interesting performances.

S

Spotify

The official digital music partner of Coachella 2015, Spotify have launched a microsite to help fans discover artists they’ll love by creating a personal playlist, specifically curated for you based on your musical habits. Try making yours here. 

T

Tupac

Resurrected and reminisced during Dre and Snoop’s 2012 performance when a holographic Tupac joined the rap icons on the stage.

U

Umbrellas

Great for getting some shade from the desert sun… Bad for blocking peoples’ view in the crowd, umbrellas are banned from the main arenas. Also banned are animals (both real and stuffed) lazer pointers, instruments, sharpies, Totems, video cameras, flags and, of course, selfie sticks.

V

Vineyards…

…Of Cupcakes. But they’re actually selling wine. Cupcake Vineyards is hosting a wine truck for festival attendees, serving eight delicious varieties.

W

What So Not

Fresh from smashing Miami, Emoh now finds himself on Coachella’s lineup. With heat still bubbling from his brand Gemini EP, Coachella could be a gamechanger.

X

X-factor

Among the notable aspects of Coachella, one of its true distinguishers are the larger-than life art installations. From the famous Snail to the Dancing Astronaut , these iconic installations are part of what makes Coachella so memorable. Here’s a first look behind the scenes at the surprises we can see this year…apparently there is something even bigger in the works.

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Y

Yoga

For a wholesome kickstart to each day, why not pack your yoga mat and take a class each morning. Held in a huge shade structure in the campsite, classes are hourly between 7.30am and 11.30am.

Z

Zero…

…. as in zero ability to wait any longer! Almost time to check in for that LAX-bound flight…

More details: Coachella website